The Enemy at Trafalgar (new introduction by Marianne Czisnik and Michael Nash)
Description: Written on the first centenary of Trafalgar (1905), this book is a fascinating collection of eye-witness accounts, dispatches and letters from the French and Spanish fleets concerning the famous battle.
Place and publisher: London: Chatham Publishing
Date of publication: 2004
Number of pages: 436
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".. When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two, and the matriarch of Royal Europe, through the marriages of her children. To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique - an aging, stiff widow, paraded as the figurehead to an all-male imperial enterprise. But in truth, Britain's longest reigning monarch was one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous and unconventional women who ever lived, and the story of her life continues to fascinate.
A. N. Wilson's exhaustively researched and definitive biography includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources, to show us Queen Victoria as she's never been seen before. It explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage, Prince Albert's pivotal influence, her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with John Brown, set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britain - and Europe's - history. Victoria is a towering achievement; a masterpiece of biography by a writer at the height of his powers..."
Place and publisher: London: Penguin
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 624
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